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Turn off the TV

July 26, 2013

Here’s a life-changing idea…
In their book, The Irreducible Needs of Children, T. Berry Brazelton and Stanley I. Greenspan say,
“There’s a need to protect children from overuse of TV and computer games.  [Unstructured “hang out” times] often never happen because the TV is on.  When people worry about TV, the focus is on the content, which is a problem, but the greater insult is the passivity. The great danger in terms of TV is the lack of two-way interaction.” p. 128

In other words…
There is a hidden cost in electronic media; it robs us of crucial face time with the most important people in our lives. The ideal educators for our children do not have screens. Children need their parents to teach them the fundamental lessons of life and relationships through that demanding process of spending time together.

Here’s how you can use this idea to have a better life…
The next time you are tempted to cave to your child’s demand for “just one more show”, take the plea as an invitation to actively engage with your child. You might play a game, read a book together, take a walk, or go outside to play.

To find out more…
about parenting, check out The Parenting Journey, Getting Our Hearts Right, or See the World Through My Eyes programs at arfamilies.org, like us at facebook.com/navigatinglife or contact your local county Extension agent. You might also enjoy reading The Irreducible Needs of Children.

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